So let's say you're a type of head of state, a prime minister. And you're going around Europe on a tour of the G8 nations. And you're Roman Catholic. Why not stop by the Vatican and give the pope a Sony camcorder?
That's what Taro Aso, prime minister of Japan and a member of Japan's tiny Roman Catholic minority, did Tuesday. According to Sony Insider, the product appears to be an HDR-XR500V HandyCam. They're good consumer models and a great papal gift.
We're wondering if Il Papa will actually use the thing, and if so, what he'll shoot. Secret rites? Classified Vatican secrets? His clearly gold-plated bathtub? No, he's likely going to be making YouTube videos. In HD.